Community Belief

1. We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction1; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end2, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter3; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us4; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union5, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried6.

2. We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is JEHOVAH, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and earth7; inexpressibly glorious in holiness8, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love9; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost10; equal in every divine perfection11, and executing distinct and harmonious offices in the great work of redemption12.

3. We believe that man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker13; but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state14; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners15, not by constraint, but choice16; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin17, without defense or excuse18.

4. We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace19, through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God20; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin21; honored the divine law by his personal obedience22, and by his death made a full atonement for our sins23; that having risen from the death, he is now enthroned in heaven24; and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all- sufficient Saviour25.

5. We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ26 secures to such as believe in him is Justification27; that Justification includes the pardon of sin28, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness29; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood30; by virtue of which faith his perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God31; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity32.

6. We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel33; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith34; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel35; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation36.

7. We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again37; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind38; that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit, in connection with divine truth39, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel40; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, and faith, and newness of life41.

8. We believe that Repentance and Faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God42; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger, and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ43, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy44; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest, and King, and relying on him alone as the only and all-sufficient Saviour45.

9. We believe that Election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners46; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end47; that it is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy, and unchangeable48; that it utterly excludes boasting, and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy49; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree50; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the gospel51; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance52; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence53.

10. We believe that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness54; that it is a progressive work55; that it is begun in regeneration56; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means – especially the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer57.

11. We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end58; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors59; that a special Providence watches over their welfare60; and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation61.

12. We believe that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of his moral government62; that it is holy, just, and good63; and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts arises entirely from their love of sin64; to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy Law, is one great end of the Gospel, and of the means of grace connected with the establishment of the visible Church65.

13. We believe that a visible Church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers66, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel67; observing the ordinances of Christ68; governed by his laws69, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by his Word70; that its only scriptural officers are Bishops, or Pastors, and Deacons71, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.

14. We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer72, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost73; to show forth, in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life74; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a Church relation; and to the Lord’s Supper75, in which the members of the Church, by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ76; preceded always by solemn self- examination77.

15. We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day, or Christian Sabbath78; and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes79, by abstaining from all secular labor and sinful recreations80; by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private81 and public82; and by preparation for that rest that remaineth for the people of God83.

16. We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society84; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed85; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ86 who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the kings of the earth87.

17. We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked88; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in his esteem89; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in his sight wicked, and under the curse90; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death91.

18. We believe that the end of the world is approaching92; that at the last day Christ will descend from heaven93, and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution94; that a solemn separation will then take place95; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy96; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness97.

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  1 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:21; 1 Sam. 23:2; Acts 1:16; 3:21; John 10:35; Luke 16:29-31; Psa. 119:11; Rom. 3: 1-2
  2 2 Tim. 3:15; 1 Pet. 1:10-12; Acts 11:14; Rom. 1:16; Mark 16:16; John 5:38-39
  3 Prov. 30:5-6; John 17:17; Rev. 22:18-19; Rom. 3:4
  4 Rom. 2:12; John 12:47-48; 1 Cor. 4:3-4; Luke 10:10-16; 12:47-48
  5 Phil. 3:16; Eph. 4:3-6; Phil. 2:1-2; 1 Cor. 1:10; 1 Pet. 4:11
  6 1 John 4:1; Isa. 8:20; 1 Thess. 5:21; 2 Cor. 8:5; Acts 17:11; 1 John 4:6; Jude 3:5; Eph. 6:17; Psa. 119:59-60; Phil. 1:9-11
  7 John 4:24; Psa. 147:5; 83:18; Heb. 3:4; Rom. 1:20; Jer. 10:10
  8 Exod. 15:11; Isa. 6:3; 1 Pet. 1:15-16; Rev. 4:6-8
  9 Mark 12:30; Rev. 4:11; Matt. 10:37; Jer. 2:12-13
10 Matt. 28:19; John 15:26; 1 Cor. 12:4-6; 1 John 5:7
11 John 10:30; 5:17; 14:23; 17:5, 10; Acts 5:3-4; 1 Cor. 2:10-11; Phil. 2:5-6
12 Eph. 2:18; 2 Cor. 13:14; Rev. 1:4-5; comp. 2, 7
13 Gen. 1:27, 31; Eccl. 7:29; Acts 16:26; Gen. 2:16
14 Gen. 3:6-24; Rom. 5:12
15 Rom. 5:19; John 3:6; Psa. 51:5; Rom. 5:15-19; 8:7
16 Isa. 53:6; Gen. 6:12; Rom. 3:9-18
17 Eph. 2:1-3; Rom. 1:18, 32; 2:1-16; Gal. 3:10; Matt. 20:15
18 Ezek. 18:19-20; Rom. 1:20; 3:19; Gal. 3:22
19 Eph. 2:5; Matt. 18:11; 1 John 4:10; 1 Cor. 3:5-7; Acts 15:11
20 John 3:16; 1:1-14; Heb. 4:14; 12:24
21 Phil. 2:6-7; Heb. 2:9, 14; 2 Cor. 5:21
22 Isa. 42:21; Phil. 2:8; Gal. 4:4-5; Rom. 3:21
23 Isa. 53:4-5; Matt. 20:28; Rom. 4:25; 3:21-26; 1 John 4:10; 2:2; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Heb. 9:13-15
24 Heb. 1:8, 3; 8:1; Col. 3:1-4
25 Heb. 7:25; Col. 2:9; Heb. 2:18; 7:26; Psa. 89:19; Psa. 14
26 John 1:16; Eph. 3:8
27 Acts 13:39; Isa. 3:11-12; Rom. 8:1
28 Rom. 5:9; Zech. 13:1; Matt. 9:6; Acts 10:43
29 Rom. 5:17; Titus 3:5-6; 1 Pet. 3:7; 1 John 2:25; Rom. 5:21
30 Rom. 4:4-5; 5:21; 6:28; Phil. 3:7-9
31 Rom. 5:19; 3:24-26; 4:23-25; 1 John 2:12
32 Rom. 5:1-3, 11; 1 Cor. 1:30-31; Matt. 6:33; 1 Tim. 4:8
33 Isa. 55:1; Rev. 22:17; Luke 14:17
34 Rom. 16:26; Mark 1:15; Rom. 1:15-17
35 John 5:40; Matt. 23:37; Rom. 9:32; Prov. 1:24; Acts 13:46
36 John 3:19; Matt. 11:20; Luke 19:27; 2 Thess. 1:8
37 John 3:3, 6-7; 1 Cor. 1:14; Rev. 8:7-9; 21:27
38 2 Cor. 5:17; Ezek. 36:26; Deut. 30:6; Rom. 2:28-29; 5:5; 1 John 4:7
39 John 3:8; 1:13; James 1:16-18; 1 Cor. 1:30; Phil. 2:13
40 1 Pet. 1:22-25; 1 John 5:1; Eph. 4:20-24; Col. 3:9-11
41 Eph. 5:9; Rom. 8:9; Gal. 5:16-23; Eph. 3:14-21; Matt. 3:8-10; 7:20; 1 John 5:4, 18
42 Mark 1:15; Acts 11:18; Eph. 2:8; 1 John 5:1
43 John 16:8; Acts 2:37-38; 16:30-31
44 Luke 18:13; 15:18-21; James 4:7-10; 2 Cor. 7:11; Rom. 10:12-13; Psa. 51
45 Rom. 10:9-11; Acts 3:22-23: Heb. 4:14; Psa. 2:6; Heb. 1:8; 8:25; 2 Tim. 1:12
46 2 Tim. 1:8-9; Eph. 1:3-14; 1 Pet. 1:1-2; Rom. 11:5-6; John 15:15; 1 John 4:19; Hos. 12:9
47 2 Thess. 2:13-14; Acts 13:48; John 10:16; Matt. 20:16; Acts 15:14
48 Exod. 33:18-19; Matt. 20:15; Eph. 1:11; Rom. 9:23-24: Jer. 31:3; Rom. 11:28-29; James 1:17-18; 2; Tim. 1:9; Rom. 11:32-36
49 1 Cor. 4:7; 1:26-31; Rom. 3:27; 4:16; Col. 3:12; 1 Cor. 3:5-7; 15:10; 1 Pet. 5:10; Acts 1:24; 1 Thess. 2:13; 1 Pet. 2:9; Luke 18:7; John 15:16; Eph. 1:16; 1 Thess. 2:12
50 2 Tim. 2:10; 1 Cor. 9:22; Rom. 8:28-30; John 6:37-40; 2 Pet. 1:10
51 1 Thess. 1:4-10
52 Rom. 8:28-30; Isa. 42:16; Rom. 11:29
53 2 Pet. 1:10-11; Phil. 3:12; Heb. 6:11
54 1 Thess. 4:3; 5:23; 2 Cor. 7:1; 13:9; Eph. 1:4
55 Prov. 4:18; 2 Cor. 3:18; Heb. 6:1; 2 Pet. 1:5-8; Phil. 3:12-16
56 John 2:29; Rom. 8:5; John 3:6; Phil. 1:9-11; Eph. 1:13-14
57 Phil. 2:12-13; Eph. 4:11-12; 1 Pet. 2:2; 2 Pet. 3:18; 2 Cor. 13:5; Luke 11:35; 9:23; Matt. 26:41; Eph. 6:18; 4:30
58 John 8:31; 1 John 2:27-28; 3:9; 5:18
59 1 John 2:19; John 13:18; Matt. 13:20-21; John 6:66-69; Job 17:9
60 Rom. 8:28; Matt. 6:30-33; Jer. 32:40; Psa. 121:3; 91:11-12
61 Phil. 1:6; 2:12-13; Jude 24-25; Heb. 1:14; 2 Kings 6:16; Heb. 13:5; 1 John 4:4
62 Rom. 3:31; Matt. 5:17; Luke 16:17; Rom. 3:20; 4:15
63 Rom. 7:12, 7, 14, 22; Gal. 3:21; Psa. 119
64 Rom. 8:7-8; Josh. 24:19; Jer. 13:23; John 6:44; 5:44
65 Rom. 8:2, 4; 10:4; 1 Tim. 1:5; Heb. 8:10; Jude 20-21; Heb. 12:14; Matt. 16:17-18; 1 Cor. 12:28
66 1 Cor. 1:1-13; Matt. 18:17; Acts 5:11; 8:1; 11:31; 1 Cor. 4:17; 14:23; 3 John 9; 1 Tim. 3:5
67 Acts 2:41-42; 2 Cor. 8:5; Acts 2:47; 1 Cor. 5:12-13
68 1 Cor. 11:2; 2 Thess. 3:6; Rom. 16:17-20; 1 Cor. 11:23; Matt. 18:15-20; 1 Cor 5:6; 2 Cor. 2:7; 1 Cor. 4:17
69 Matt. 28:20; John 14:15; 15:12; 1 John 4:21; John 14:21; 1 Thess. 4.2; 2 John 6; Gal. 6:2
70 Eph. 4:7; 1 Cor. 14:12; Phil. 1:27; 1 Cor. 12:14
71 Phil. 1:1; Acts 14:23; 15:22; 1 Tim. 3; Titus 1
72 Acts 8:36-39; Matt. 3:5-6; John 3:22-23; 4:1-2; Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 8:12; 16:32-34; 18:8
73 Matt. 28:19; Acts 10:47-48; Gal. 3:27-28
74 Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12; 1 Pet. 3:20-21; Acts 22:16
75 Acts 2:41-42; Matt. 28:19-20; Acts and Epistles
76 1 Cor. 11:26; Matt. 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-20
77 1 Cor. 11:28; 5:1, 8; 10:3-32; 11:17-32; John 6:26-71
78 Acts 20:7; Gen. 2:3; Col. 2:16-17; Mark 2:27; John 20:19; 1 Cor. 16:1- 2
79 Exod. 20:8; Rev. 1:10; Psa. 118:24
80 Isa. 58:13-14; 56:2-8
81 Psa. 119:15
82 Heb. 10:24-25; Acts 11:26; 13:44; Lev. 19:30; Exod. 46:3; Luke 4:16; Acts 17:2, 3; Psa. 26:8; 87:3
83 Heb. 4:3-11
84 Rom. 13:1-7; Deut. 16:18; 1 Sam. 23:3; Exod. 18:23; Jer. 30:21
85 Matt. 22:21; Titus 3:1; 1 Pet. 2:13; 1 Tim. 2:1-8
86 Acts 5:29; Matt. 10:28; Dan. 3:15-18; 6:7-10; Acts 4:18-20
87 Matt. 23:10; Rom. 14:4; Rev. 19:16; Psa. 72:11; Psa. 2; Rom. 14:9-13
88 Mal. 3:18; Prov. 12:26; Isa. 5:20; Gen. 18:23; Jer. 15:19; Acts 10:34- 35; Rom. 6:16
89 Rom. 1:17; 7:6; 1 John 2:29; 3:7; Rom. 6:18, 22; 1 Cor. 11:32; Prov. 11:31; 1 Pet. 4:17-18
90 1 John 5:19; Gal. 3:10; John 3:36; Isa. 57:21; Psa. 10:4; Isa 55:6-7
91 Prov. 14:32; Luke 16:25; John 8:21-24; Prov. 10:24; Luke 12:4-5; 9:23- 26; John 12:25-26; Eccl. 3:17; Matt. 7:13-14
92 1 Pet. 4:7; 1 Cor. 7:29-31; Heb. 1:10-12; Matt. 24:35; 1 John 2:17; Matt. 28:20; 13:39-40; 2 Pet. 3:3-13
93 Acts 1:11; Rev. 1:7; Heb. 9:28; Acts 3:21; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 5:1-11
94 Acts 24:15; 1 Cor. 15:12-59; Luke 14:14; Dan. 12:2; John 5:28-29; 6:40; 11:25-26; 2 Tim. 1:10; Acts 10:42
95 Matt. 13:49, 37-43; 24:30-31; 25:31-33
96 Matt. 25:35-41; Rev. 22:11; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Mark 9:43-48; 2 Pet. 2:9; Jude 7; Phil. 3:19; Rom. 6:32; 2 Cor. 5:10-11; John 4:36; 2 Cor. 4:18
97 Rom. 3:5-6; 2 Thess. 1:6-12; Heb. 6:1-2; 1 Cor. 4:5; Acts 17:31; Rom. 2:2-16; Rev. 20:11-12; 1 John 2:28; 4:17

 

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